Wade H. Mccree, Jr.

Wade H. Mccree, Jr.

Wade H. Mccree, Jr.

Wade H. McCree, Jr. was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 3, 1920, and received his formal education in the public schools of Hilo, Hawaii, Chicago, Illinois, and Boston, Massachusetts. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Fisk University and Bachelor of Laws at Harvard Law School. He has received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Harvard University, the University of Detroit, the Detroit College of Law, Wayne State University, Tuskegee Institute, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Oakland University, Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School, Howard University, Atlanta University, Boston University, George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, New York Law School, eastern Michigan University, the University of Dayton, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, and Georgetown University.  He has also received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Centre College, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DePaul University and Marygrove College, and an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Toledo. | He served four years in the Army of the United States during World War II and was discharged as a Captain of Infantry after two years of overseas combat duty. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. He practiced law in Detroit, Michigan and served as Workmen's Compensation Commissioner prior to becoming a Circuit Judge in Michigan in 1954.  He served as Circuit Judge of Wayne County, Michigan until 1961 when he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, where he served until his appointment in 1966 to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He resigned from that court in March, 1977 to accept appointment as Solicitor General of the United States. He resigned as Solicitor General on June 30, 1981 to accept appointment as Lewis M. Simes Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. | He has been an adjunct faculty member of Wayne State University Law School, the University of Detroit Law School, a member of the law faculty of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, and a member of the summer faculty of the Law School of Indiana University. | In 1956 he was a United States Delegate to the Third United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Trustee (Vice-Chairman) of Fisk University, and a former Overseer of Harvard College. He has served on the Visiting Committees of Harvard Law School, Wayne State University Law School, and Case Western Reserve Law School. He was a founding trustee of Friends School in Detroit. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Judicial College, a former Director of the American Judicature Society, and was a member of the initial Board of the Federal Judicial Center. He is a member of the Institute of Judicial Administration and has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Bar Association Journal.  He is a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation, a member of the Long Range Planning Council, and the Lawyer's Conference Committee on the Federal Courts and Judiciary. He was a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Standards of Judicial Administration and of the Advisory Council on Appellate Justice. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and serves on several Michigan and national charitable boards. He was a director of the Economic Club of Detroit, of the Burroughs Corporation, and of National Bank of Detroit Bancorp, Inc.

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  • Rank

    Honorable

  • Highest Award

    Unavailable

  • Year Inducted

    1981

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_00997